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July 2011

Destination Sullivan County

At first, it’s slow going and it hardly feels like I’m moving at all.

It’s actually calming to lie on the black inner tube as I pass under the bridge and head toward the rapids. I grin at the growing rush of water in the distance and very gradually start to speed up.

It’s too late to do much of anything except keep my feet forward.  Read more

I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’

Words to live by—and yet, I gave it a pretty good shot during the last week, bitchin’ up a storm. The endless rain worked my nerves, in conjunction with the still-aching rib, and I allowed the weather to make me a bit crazy. The intermittent showers had me a little “scattered” as I rearranged plans constantly and experienced some minor difficulties going with the flow.  Read more

Forestburgh original ‘Three Little Pigs’ returns

FORESTBURGH, NY — This summer, the Forestburgh Theatre Arts Center (FTAC) will return to the tradition of presenting an original show in its children’s theatre series. “The Three Little Pigs,” debuting on Thursday, July 7 at 11 a.m., is an original adaptation of the children’s tale about three little pigs and a hungry wolf’s pursuit to capture them. The production will run throughout the summer, alternating performances with “The Wizard of Oz” on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m.  Read more

WCM presents ‘From Classic to Cool’

REGION — The Weekend of Chamber Music’s (WCM) acclaimed musicians return to the Catskills to perform from July 10 to 24 in “From Classic to Cool,” WCM’s 18th summer music festival. The kickoff event, on Sunday, July 10, is the traditional concert on the lawn of the Presbyterian Church in downtown Jeffersonville. Featuring pieces for wind by American composers from Leonard Bernstein to Scott Joplin, it will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The suggested donation is $10.  Read more

First hearing series

July 16, 2011

Novelist & poet Martine Bellen will read from her novella "2X (Squared)" at The Liberty Free Theatre, 7:30pm, free. RSVP: 845/292-3788.

An agricultural haven: Part 2

By SONJA HEDLUND

As summarized in part 1 of this article, a number of interesting and innovative agricultural developments are already taking place in Sullivan County. The next question is, what kind of steps can we take now to systematically encourage, support and plan for this type of development. The goal is to expand all types of farming. The strategy is to create a vibrant results-oriented coalition of new and existing farm producers, agricultural businesses and public servants who work in agriculture and economic development.

Consider these actions:  Read more

Art exhibition: 'The Sheltering Sky'

July 16, 2011 - August 27, 2011

Works by Ajay Kurian on display at Callicoon Fine Arts through 8/27. info@callicoonfinearts.com.

Riverfest

July 24, 2011

Festival of music, art & ecology on Main St., 9:45am-4pm, free. River Dogs on Parade, 9:45am (registration 9am at the school). Mini pet communications by Brenda Seldin, 9-9:45am & 11am-1pm (Main St.). Poster auction, 12:30pm. 845/252-7576.

Tusten vote ‘no’ on July 12

I urge the Town of Tusten registered voters to go to the polls on Tuesday, July 12 to vote “no” to the resolution that would put the hiring of the town bookkeeper into the hands of the town board. The bookkeeper and the supervisor work together, and ultimately the finances of the town are the responsibility of the supervisor.

This important appointment should be the supervisors choice. As a former town clerk for 25 years, I know how vital this vote is to the Town of Tusten and to its future.

Judith L. Dise
Narrowsburg, NY

Who should have the authority?

The issue to be voted on next Tuesday is simply a matter of who should have the authority to appoint a bookkeeper for the town. Under the New York State Municipal Law, the bookkeeper position had been listed as bookkeeper/confidential secretary to the supervisor and hence was designated as an appointment by the supervisor.  Read more